Graham Butler snagged the leading role in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time which reopens in the West End at the Gielgud Theatre on 24 June 2014. With press night on 8 July, the production is currently booking at its new West End home to 14 February 2015.
Butler plays Christopher Boone, a boy whose life-changing journey begins with the discovery of his neighbor's dead dog seven minutes after midnight. A gifted boy, he's resolute to find out who is responsible for the canine's mysterious death, even if it means going beyond his limitations.
The role has proven to be lucky for Luke Treadaway, who was previously casted as Christopher in the National Theatre's production at Cottesloe Theatre, when he walked away with the Best Actor trophy at the 2013 Olivier Awards. He's also scored a slew of movies both in the UK and in Hollywood.
Maybe the role will also bring Graham Butler the same (maybe even more) success as Treadaway, so before he hits the big time, let's find out more about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time actor.
The Curious Connection
Before The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Graham Butler starred in another “curious” project. In 2007, he played Smackhead in the short film titled Curiosity. Similar to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Curiosity is also about solving a mystery.
The comedy is about a nosey neighbor who sees people entering an empty house while holding pink balloons. Curious as to what is happening, the wife ventures into the house. But when she vanishes without a trace, her husband has to go inside to find her.
Bring On the Fight Scenes
In his profile in the Guildhall School of Music and Drama website, listed under Graham Butler's skills is Stage Combat Proficiency Certificate. Which probably helped him a lot when he performed as King Henry VI in Globe on Tour production of The Houses of York and Lancaster as part of the Henry VI trilogy.
In a magazine interview, he mentioned that during the production there were quite a couple of little injuries as the actors were so committed to the fight scenes. “If it’s been raining outside, they’re not going to slow down for anyone, so I think it’s remarkable that everyone is basically intact,” says Graham.
It's All in the Family
Going into acting isn't something Graham Butler just chanced upon. His father, Patrick Butler, was once an amateur actor, his aunt Molly Quinn, was training at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) before becoming a poet in Ireland.
His brothers, Matthew Butler - whom he has acted with in a few movie projects (The Symmetry of Love, Miss in Her Teens, Two Down) - is a Director, Writer, and Producer at Fizz and Ginger Films, while Dominic Butler is also a writer.